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Public Hospitals Hope To Attract More Upscale Patients Under Affordable Care Act

January 16, 2014 9:57 am | by Anemona Hartocollis | Comments

Public hospitals are looking to attract a different class of patients — somewhat higher-income, more educated and more stable — to a system whose historic mission has been to serve the poor, and whose finances have been straining...   


Some Medical Schools Shaving Off A Year Of Training

January 15, 2014 9:56 am | by Sandra G. Boodman | Comments

For Travis Hill, it was an offer too good to refuse. Last year when the 30-year-old neuroscientist was admitted to a new program at the NYU School of Medicine that would allow him to complete medical school in only three years and guarantee him a spot in its neurosurgery residency, he seized it. Not only would Hill save about $70,000, he would also shave a year off the training that will consume the next decade of his life...


Why A Woman's Heart Is A Bad Fit For A Man

January 14, 2014 10:08 am | by Todd Neale | Comments

Using equations that incorporate height, weight, age, and sex to predict heart mass may better allocate donor hearts to transplant recipients than considering body mass alone, a retrospective study suggested. Although differences in body mass were not predictive of survival after heart transplantation, differences in predicted heart mass using those equations were related to survival up to 5 years after the operation...


Enrollees At Health Exchanges Face Struggle To Prove Coverage

January 13, 2014 9:01 am | by Robert Pear and Abby Goodnough | Comments

Paul D. Donahue and his wife, Angela, are among more than a million Americans who have signed up for health coverage through the federal insurance exchange. Donahue has a card in his wallet from his insurer to prove it. But when he tried to use it to get a flu shot and fill prescriptions, local pharmacies could not confirm his coverage, so he left without his medications. Similar problems are occurring elsewhere...


For Heart Surgery, A Glue Replaces Needle And Thread

January 9, 2014 10:31 am | by Karen Weintraub | Comments

When Dr. Pedro del Nido operates on an infant’s or small child’s heart, he closes the surgical cuts the old-fashioned way: with needle and thread. As tried and true as it is, sewing a patch onto a child’s heart is difficult and risky. Frustrated by these limitations, del Nido, head of the cardiac surgery department at Boston Children’s Hospital, and medical researchers in Boston have come up with a replacement: glue...


Hospitals Overcharging Patients, Nurses’ Union Says

January 8, 2014 9:22 am | by Sydney Lupkin | Comments

New data released by National Nurses United revealed that not only do a handful of hospitals charge patients more than 10 times the actual cost of treatment but that prices have been steadily increasing for nearly two decades. Skimping on care, patients often pay for it with their health, said Joan Ross, co-president of National Nurses United...

Surgery Tied To Better OS In Huge Liver Tumors

January 6, 2014 9:19 am | by Cole Petrochko | Comments

Surgical resection of huge hepatocellular carcinomas was linked with better survival outcomes versus transarterial chemoembolization (TACE), researchers found. Surgical resection as the first treatment for huge hepatocellular carcinomas was associated with higher 1-, 2-, and 3-year overall survival rates compared with TACE...


Medicaid Expansion Increased Emergency Room Visits, Study Finds

January 3, 2014 9:07 am | by Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press | Comments

A new study has found that people enrolled recently in Medicaid went to the emergency room 40 percent more frequently than others, often seeking help for conditions that could be treated less expensively in a doctor's office or an urgent care clinic...


Reddit User Posts $55,000 Hospital Bill For Appendectomy

January 2, 2014 9:14 am | by Sydney Lupkin | Comments

When a 20-year-old man got over the pain of having his burst appendix removed in October, he got hit with a hospital bill he wasn't expecting. The bill from Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento, Calif., said the total charges were $55,029.31 but that the patient owed only $11,119.23 because his insurance had covered the rest. Shocked, the patient took to Reddit to post the bill and vent his frustrations...


Sign-Ups Surge in New York State’s Health Exchange

December 31, 2013 9:17 am | by Anemona Hartocollis | Comments

After a rush of 11th-hour interest, 230,624 people had enrolled in either private or public insurance through New York State’s health insurance exchange by the Dec. 24 deadline, qualifying them for coverage on the first day of the new year, state officials said on Monday...


Popular Procedure Being Reviewed Over Cancer Concerns

December 23, 2013 9:18 am | by Gillian Mohney | Comments

The technique, called morcellation, is characterized by a surgeon shredding tissue, usually fibroids or the uterus, during a laprascopic hysterectomy that is then usually removed through a small incision in the abdomen...     

Data Point To Safer Bariatric Surgery

December 20, 2013 8:42 am | by Cole Petrochko | Comments

Mortality following bariatric surgery isn't as high as previously reported, an updated meta-analysis has concluded. Bariatric surgery was associated with a 30-day mortality rate of 0.08 percent (95% CI 0.01%-0.24%), down from the 0.3 percent risk as reported in previous research...

Toddler Recovers After So-Called 5-Organ Transplant

December 19, 2013 9:34 am | by Sydney Lupkin | Comments

A Florida hospital announced Tuesday that a 3-year-old patient had survived a five-organ transplant, but it might not be five organs -- the number depends on how they're counted. Adonis Ortiz underwent the multiple organ transplant surgery in October, and Jackson Memorial Hospital held a news conference this week to proclaim the operation a success...


Doctors Save Hand By Attaching It To Man's Calf

December 18, 2013 10:03 am | by Jen Christensen | Comments

A worker operating a machine in a family workshop in China accidentally cut off his hand -- which doctors were able to save by grafting it onto his lower calf. The worker, Xie Wei, said he was initially unsure if his right hand could be saved, but he thought it was worth a try. The hand went without a blood supply for many hours while Xie searched for a hospital that could perform such a surgery...


Enrollment Errors Cut, Officials Say; Fixes Are Overstated, Insurers Report

December 16, 2013 9:30 am | by Robert Pear | Comments

The Obama administration said Saturday that it had reduced the error rate in enrollment data sent to insurance companies under the new healthcare law, even as insurers said that the government’s records were still riddled with mistakes...



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